Forest Schools

Forest School at St George’s

The concept of Forest Schools originates from Sweden in the 1950’s, providing a unique way of developing self-esteem and independence in young children. It has a heavy emphasis on practicality and exploration, whilst encouraging personal and social development within the outdoor environment.


Here at St George’s we are lucky enough to have our own Forest Schools nature area on site, which includes a small wooded area, log seating around a fire pit and a willow dome. Having access to natural areas enables us to provide a safe area in which children can stimulate their senses, explore and observe their natural world, giving a positive impact on a child’s learning as it creates a sense of enjoyment and challenge.


Prior to every session, the children are reminded of the forest school rules to ensure they know how to keep themselves safe in a natural environment. Throughout their sessions in the woods children are encouraged to develop their communication skills, their ability to work as a team, and to have enriched play and exploration experiences, while tackling age appropriate challenges in a multisensory environment. Having a natural area on site also provides exciting opportunities for cross-curricular links to other essential areas of learning.


 






























 Year Group



Autumn term



Spring term



Summer term



Early years



Safe exploration and spontaneous play in a natural environment.



To ask questions, showing care and concern about their natural world.



Challenges and tasks developing team work and cross curricular links.



1



Safe exploration and spontaneous play in a natural environment.



To ask more complex questions, showing care and concern about their natural world.



Challenges and tasks developing team work and cross curricular links.



2



Safe exploration and spontaneous play in a natural environment.



To ask more complex questions, showing care and concern about their natural world.



Challenges and tasks developing team work and cross curricular links.



 


Unfortunately, due to the sustainability of the area Key Stage 2 children are not given regular Forest School sessions. The woods do provide an area that can be used on a less regular timetable for cross-curricular activities such as orienteering, other geographical work and science activities.

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